New Delhi: The Chikungunya and dengue cases raised serious concern among authorities in Delhi even as today, civic bodies pressed in more field workers for the prevention of the vector-borne diseases in the national capital.
However, the authorities of the civic bodies and Delhi government appealed to people not to panic. The concerned authorities recommend measures to prevent mosquito-breeding in the house or nearby areas.
According to the sources that Chikanguniya is on surge as compared to dengue in the national capital this year.
Recently, Health Minister of Delhi Satyendra Jain had said in the Assembly that all the three civic bodies have primary responsibility to take preventive measures to control vector-borne diseases in Delhi while the Delhi Government has curative responsibility.
362 samples have tested positive for chikungunya from July to August 20. On the other hand, around 311 cases of dengue have been reported in the national capital till August 20. The deadly disease has claimed 4 lives this season.
On Tuesday, Several AAP legislators in the Assembly had accused the three BJP-ruled civic bodies of making the sanitation facilities of city a mess – major factor behind the increase in cases of vector-borne diseases in the city.
However, the municipal corporations have claimed that only 20 cases of Chikungunya have been reported till 20th August. Sanjeev Nayyar who is Mayor of North Delhi said that the scare of dengue is not as much as it was last year but NDMC is taking all preventive measures this year.
He said that we have already distributed 1.2 lakh impregnated mosquito nets to people. Our Dengue Breedings Checkers (DBCs) are regularly inspecting households and other places for checking mosquito-breeding.
The Mayor said that we have 710 DBCs and they conduct inspections regularly of water tanks at rooftop and coolerss in households. For dengue and chikungunya, we are doing regular awareness programmes, especially in schools both private and government schools. We are planning to hold meeting with marketing associations and RWAs.
Around 192 cases of dengue were recorded in the first three weeks of August, Out of the total dengue cases reported this season in the national capital- New Delhi.